The Madagascar national football team, nicknamed Barea after the island's zebu, is the national team of Madagascar and is controlled by the Malagasy Football Federation. It has never qualified for the finals of the World Cup. It took part in its first Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. Among its biggest wins was a 1–0 home victory over Egypt in the qualification rounds of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations until being surpassed by a recent shocking 2–0 win over Nigeria in the group stage of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Reflecting the official name of the country at the time, the team was known as the Malagasy Republic national football team between 1958 and 1975.
|Association||Fédération Malagasy de Football|
|Head coach||Nicolas Dupuis|
|Most caps||Paulin Voavy (65)|
|Top scorer||Faneva Imà Andriatsima |
Paulin Voavy (14)
|Home stadium||Mahamasina Stadium|
|Current||105 3 (23 June 2022)|
|Highest||74 (December 1992)|
|Lowest||190 (March 2014)|
| Madagascar 1–2 Mauritius |
(Madagascar; Date Unknown 1947)
| Malagasy Republic 8–1 Congo |
(Antananarivo, Madagascar; 19 April 1960)
| Mauritius 7–0 Madagascar |
(Réunion; 31 July 1952)
DR Congo 7–0 Malagasy Republic
(Congo; 18 July 1965)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2019)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2019)|
|Appearances||11 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||Third place (2015)|
Madagascar made its debut in 1947 in a home match against Mauritius which was lost 2–1. The game was part of a Triangulaire tournament between Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion. Madagascar's second match was at home to Reunion and saw their first ever win, 4–2. The triangular tournament was staged every year until 1958, and Madagascar's highest-scoring game was on 13 July 1953 when they beat Reunion 6–4 at home. Their worst loss was on 31 July 1952 when they lost 7–0 to Mauritius in Reunion.
Madagascar played against opposition different from Mauritius or Reunion for the first time in 1960, as part of a tournament between French-speaking nations held on the island. In their first match on 15 April 1960 they beat the Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) 6–1. The second game was a quarter-final against France's amateur side on 17 April and was lost 2–1. On 19 April Madagascar beat the Congo 8–1 in the third-place play-off.
In April 1963, Madagascar entered another competition for French-speaking countries, this time in Senegal, and was placed in a group with Dahomey (now Benin), Liberia and Chad. They opened with a 1–0 win over Dahomey on 11 April, and then beat Chad 2–1 on 13 April and Liberia 3–1 on 15 April. In the semi-finals, Madagascar were beaten 2–1 by Tunisia on 19 April, and then lost 4–1 to France's amateur team in the third-place play-off on 21 April.
In September 1963 the Triangulaire between Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius was reinstated for the first time since 1958. On 15 September they beat Reunion 6–1 at home, and on 18 September drew 1–1 to Mauritius in a home game which was abandoned.
On 16 October 2018, Madagascar qualified to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history, after they won 1–0 against Equatorial Guinea. During their debut match against Guinea on 22 June 2019, Anicet Abel scored Madagascar's first-ever AFCON goal and secured their first point of the competition with a 2–2 draw against Guinea. The team defeated Burundi in their second match and followed it up with a 2–0 victory over the Super Eagles of Nigeria to top Group B. Then Madagascar advanced to quarter-finals after beating DR Congo in the round of 16. The team's successful performance was coined by pundits as the Iceland of Africa, resembling the shockingly successful debut of Iceland in UEFA Euro 2016. However, Madagascar's dream ended abruptly after suffering a 0–3 defeat at the hand of another former champion, Tunisia.
Fixtures and resultsEdit
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Madagascar||0–1||Benin||Antananarivo, Madagascar|
||Stadium: Mahamasina Municipal Stadium|
Referee: Brighton Chimene (Zimbabwe)
|7 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Tanzania||3–2||Madagascar||Dar es Salaam, Tanzania|
|21:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: National Stadium|
Referee: Mashood Ssali (Uganda)
|7 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||DR Congo||2–0||Madagascar||Kinshasa, DR Congo|
|15:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Stade des Martyrs|
Referee: Antonio Caluassi Dungula (Angola)
|10 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Madagascar||1–0||DR Congo||Antananarivo, Madagascar|
|15:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Mahamasina Municipal Stadium|
Referee: Patrice Milazare (Mauritius)
|11 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Benin||2–0||Madagascar||Cotonou, Benin|
|17:00 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Stade de l'Amitié|
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
|14 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Madagascar||1–1||Tanzania||Antananarivo, Madagascar|
||Stadium: Mahamasina Municipal Stadium|
Referee: Messie Nkounkou (Republic of Congo)
|1 June 2023 AFCON qualification||Ghana||3–0||Madagascar||Cape Coast, Ghana|
|19:00 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Cape Coast Sports Stadium|
Referee: Mahamadou Kéïta (Mali)
|5 June 2023 AFCON qualification||Madagascar||1–1||Angola||Antananarivo, Madagascar|
||Stadium: Mahamasina Municipal Stadium|
Referee: Thando Ndzandzeka (South Africa)
|12 July 2022 2022 COSAFA Cup||Madagascar||0–2||Namibia||KwaMashu|
|Stadium: Princess Magogo Stadium|
|15 July COSAFA Plate SF||Madagascar||1–2||South Africa||Durban, South Africa|
|Stadium: Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium|
|September 2023 AFCON qualification||Central African Republic||v||Madagascar||Central African Republic|
- Peter Schnittger (1978–1985)
- Justin Rasoloharimahefa (1994)
- Claude "Ntsoa" Ravelomanantsoa (–2001)
- Vincent Randriamirado (2001)
- Jeremia Randriambololona (2001)
- Hans Heiniger (2002–2003)
- Hervé Arsène (2007–2008)
- Mickael Nivoson Andrianasy (2008)
- Jeremia Randriambololona (2008)
- Jean-Paul Rabier (2010–2011)
- Mosa (2011)
- Frank Rajaonarisamba (2011–2012)
- Auguste Raux (2012–2014)
- Frank Rajaonarisamba (2014–2016)
- Auguste Raux (2016–2017)
- Nicolas Dupuis (2017–2021)
- Éric Rabésandratana (2021–2022)
- Nicolas Dupuis (2022–present)
Caps and goals updated after the match against Angola on 5 June 2022.
The following players have been called up for Madagascar in the last year.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Razakanirina Rakotoasimbola||14 October 1999||0||0||AS Adema||v. Tanzania, 16 November 2021|
|GK||Yannick Pandor||1 May 2001||0||0||RC Lens B||v. Tanzania, 16 November 2021|
|DF||Gervais Randrianarisoa||7 November 1984||51||0||La Tamponnaise||v. Tanzania, 16 November 2021|
|DF||Pascal Razakanantenaina||19 April 1987||41||2||JS Saint-Pierroise||v. Tanzania, 16 November 2021|
|DF||Romain Métanire||28 March 1990||22||0||Minnesota United||v. Tanzania, 16 November 2021|
|DF||Jérémy Morel||2 April 1984||12||1||Lorient||v. Tanzania, 16 November 2021|
|DF||Nomena Andriantiana||6 February 2000||0||0||Marignane Gignac||v. Tanzania, 16 November 2021|
|DF||Jules Solonantenaina||7 March 1999||0||0||JFC||v. Tanzania, 16 November 2021|
|DF||Théodin Ramanjary||16 August 1996||5||0||Fosa Juniors FC||v. DR Congo, 10 October 2021|
|MF||Lalaïna Nomenjanahary||16 January 1986||47||5||Paris 13 Atletico||v. Tanzania, 16 November 2021|
|MF||Tsiry Razafindrasata||14 September 1995||1||0||Fosa Juniors||v. Tanzania, 16 November 2021|
|MF||Zotsara Randriambololona||22 April 1994||21||0||Bălți||v. Tanzania, 7 September 2021|
|MF||Dimitry Caloin||8 May 1990||11||0||Sète||v. Tanzania, 7 September 2021|
|FW||Hakim Abdallah||9 January 1998||10||1||Lierse Kempenzonen||v. Tanzania, 7 September 2021|
|FW||Henri Charles Gladyson||26 April 1989||4||0||AS Excelsior||v. Tanzania, 7 September 2021|
|FW||Koloina Razafidranaivo||25 March 2000||0||0||CFF Andoharanofotsy||v. Tanzania, 7 September 2021|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- As of 5 June 2022
- Players in bold are still active with Madagascar.
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Part of France||Part of France|
|1962||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|1966||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1978||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1982||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||3||4||details|
|1990||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1994||Did not qualify||4||3||0||1||7||3||details|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of NationsEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record||Africa Cup of Nations qualification record|
|1957||Part of France||Part of France|
|1962||Not affiliated to CAF||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1965||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1972||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||3||5||details|
|1978||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1980||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||3||6||details|
|1992||Did not qualify||5||2||2||1||3||2||details|
|1994||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1996||Withdrew during qualifiers||Withdrew during qualifiers|
|1998||Banned for withdrawal from qualifiers in 1996||Banned for withdrawal from qualifiers in 1996|
|2000||Did not qualify||8||2||3||3||9||12||details|
|2021||Did not qualify||6||2||2||2||9||9||details|
|2023||To be determined||To be determined|
African Nations ChampionshipEdit
|African Nations Championship record||Africa Nations Championship qualification record|
|2009||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||0||2||details|
|2014||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2018||Did not qualify||6||3||2||1||6||3||details|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
- Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
|African Games record|
|1991–present||See Madagascar national under-23 football team|
Indian Ocean Island GamesEdit
|Indian Ocean Island Games record|
|1979||Did not enter|
|COSAFA Cup record|
|2009||Did not enter|
|2019||Did not enter|
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- "Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Madagascar stun DR Congo, Algeria ease through". Deutsche Welle. 7 July 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
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- "Madagascar 0-3 Tunisia: As it happened". 11 July 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
- Ekow Amoasi Appiah, Samuel. "Madagascar release 27-man list for Ghana, Angola games". Modern Ghana.
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